Orpington CC Colts Summary 2018

Orpington Cricket Club Colts’ Summary 2018

The OCC Junior section has yet again had productive season in 2018. One highlight was the u13A team coming runners up in their NKJL Division 2SE division this year.   

I continue to be very proud of the coaching sessions that we offer the boys & girls throughout the summer.

I am pleased that OCC offer the coaching from Mid-April through to end of August which many clubs do not. These are led by ECB trained and qualified coaches assisted by other club members AND ALL of whom are volunteers.

Again, very few clubs our size do this. BUT this getting tougher and we do need more parents to come forward to help run a team and/or train to become a coach or both

We had over 80 junior members at u9s –u18s plus another 60 or so 5-8 year olds registered for the very popular Sunday morning All Star sessions run by Andy Alcock. 

This is always challenging in organising sufficient coaches and helpers but we got by. However, we could do some more qualified coaches and willing helpers – please let me know if you are interested in helping especially if you are interested in gaining a coaching qualification.

Special mention and thanks must go to :

  • U11 Age group manager Hayden Alcock helped by Ben McCracken;
  • U15 Manager Ash Kaushik helped by Rob Mason
  • Andy Alcock who run the All Stars sessions plus helped me with the u13s
  • Regular helpers especially :
    • Alex Langford who attended virtually every Sunday morning and Thursday evening session as well as scored for several other matches
    • Adrian Langford who helped with All Stars, u11s and u13s
    • Caroline Barrs, Dylan Robertson  & Rob Graham;  Young Leaders Finlay Webb and Freddie Field plus others including Phil Robinson, Julie & Daniella Langford


Young Leaders

We once again participated in the Young Leader Scheme which is run by the ECB and Kent4Cricket. We combined cohorts with St Olave’s school and OCC subsidised 2 of our 14-15 year old members on this scheme.   

This scheme is aimed at 14-15 year olds to encourage them to stay involved in the game.  It provides overview training for coaching, scoring, umpiring, ground maintenance and fundraising.  As part of the deal each YL is expected to give back to the club at least 20 hours volunteering.  The scheme gives them an insight into some of the elements of what it takes to run a club.

Well done to Finlay Webb  & Freddie Field.


Representative cricket –  OCC youngsters took part in representative squad training

Arun Kaushik took part in the Bromley Bulldogs u17 academy. Alan Anil has been invited to Kent trial

Vaibhav Vinod played in the u14s Bromley Area team, Bromley Bulldogs u14s.

Jacob Quinton continued his success his Sevenoaks district Northern Warriors u14 and Kent u14 A team

Joe Lane and Daniel Kenward and Ekansh Singh made the Bromley Bulldogs u13 squad

Ekansh has also represented Kent u12s.

Sophia Kenward represented the Bromley Bulldogs u12 girls team as well as training and trialling with the Kent girls age group squads which is a tremendous achievement.

In addition to these, four others from the u13 squad were nominated for Bromley Area trials for the 2019 season and it was good to see that Anirudh Gaikwad and Yuvi Chaha get through the first stage of these.


Colts transitioning into senior cricket.

It was fantastic to see that the colts section are continuing to make a crucial contribution to the senior sides and indeed are essential for OCC to continue to run the four senior league teams.  Jacob, Arun, Finlay and Joe played regularly. Anirudh, Yuvi, Daniel all experienced league cricket for the first time. Occasional appearances from several others including for the Sunday XI.


Family Fun Day

The family fun day held at end of August was a tremendous effort organised by Adrian Langford with sterling support from his wife Julie.

Part of this was the eagerly awaited u13s vs parents T20.  However, it turned out to be wettest day of the year let alone the season, but we did get part of a game in and it was fantastic to witness the parents having a good go.

Special mention to Sanjay for that impressive 6, Arya for showing an impressive show of stroke play. Well done to Rich and Joe for their captaincy.

Kelly has donated a man of the match award for this.  Tricky decision considering the curtailment but it was agreed that it should be awarded to Ben Seaton who took a couple of wickets plus a fantastic run out.



Cook & Matthews Do remember their shop in Chislehurst when considering buying any sports equipment (not just cricket).

Thanks to Fiona Lane for her organisation & perseverance in performing the Junior Registration secretary role.

It is unglamorous jobs like this and the Club Welfare officer Julie Langford whose work generally goes unnoticed but is vital for a club like ours to run effectively.

Thanks to Adrian & Julie for his enthusiasm and commitment in always willing to help me and his gusto in organising this evening is a testament to him.  Well done.



Thank you to the parents for bringing your boys to training, games and indeed coming along this evening

Whilst we had a very healthy number again this season – several joined us after we had entered the leagues.  I had to turn a few away from the u13 group because we were running at full capacity.

PLEA to parents – please let us know and register early so that we can plan accordingly.


To conclude, I want to mention that we held training over 20 weeks and for me it came to a fitting completion when after a final evening of training drills we finished with a game of non-stop cricket involving both the u11 and u13 groups where the final batter (helper Alex) was caught by a spectacular running.  A wonderful testament to the effort put in by the youngsters in learning from the fielding drills set by the coaches. 



Team reports and Awards


U11s – Ben McCracken on behalf of Hayden Alcock

U11 Batsman of the year                             -  Sam Bussy   73 runs

U11 Bowler of the year                                -  Nicholas Barenbrug 4 wickets

U11 Manager’s player of the year            –  Sam Wilkinson


Good Luck to all those from the U11 group who have now started secondary school.

It is wonderful that we could still run this but please do let us know if you can offer any help next season.



U13 -     Brian Lane

We had another good season. Building on last season’s strong season I knew we would have the core of a very competitive team however the new joiners have helped the squad step up to be very impressive indeed.

We entered one team into Div 2 which I thought would do well. Fortunately, I managed to enter a second team in a different division at the start of the league season after a few clubs had to pull out due to lack of numbers / managers.  This proved to a real bonus, giving us potentially an extra 10 league games to play. 

But having a training squad of over 30 and running two teams is a challenge and availability is always variable with other competing priorities like school trips, and especially last minute school matches - I am grateful for the flexibility and understanding shown.

We were very fortunate with the glorious weather we had this season with only a couple of games and training sessions called off all season.

In all the u13s played 19 games in the season plus a couple of interclub training games plus one u12 cup game.

For the U13A team nine different players scored more than 20 at least once

For the U13B team ten different players scored 20 or more at least once

A total of 16 different players scoring 20 or more at least once – which is a testament to the strength in depth.  It is always a challenge to balance giving players opportunities and scoring a competitive total and hopefully this shows that more players got further opportunities this season.  

U13 A team – played 10 (9 in league), won 8 (7), L 2 (2) – finishing runners up in Division 2.


Batsmen of the year -  Daniel Kenward - 132 league runs in 7 innings (6 not outs)

Bowler of the year -   Daniel Kenward – 8 wickets for 51 in 14 overs

Vaibhav Mehra with 7 wickets narrowly missed


Manager’s Player of the yearJoe Lane – 126 runs in 8 innings; 5 wickets, captain for many of the games, last minute stand in keeper for U13B team, he is also someone who listens in training and tries to improve.


U13B - played 10 (9), won 4 (4), L 6 (5) 

Again, really pleased that we managed to get a second team in the league as this provided extra game time for more boys.  It was great to witness several players take their chance with the bat and do well. We did use 24 players in total for these games –

Batsmen of the year -    Will Russell   107 runs in 6 innings

Bowler of the year -   Joel Joji and Mayukh Jayagopal both took 5 wickets for 28 runs


U13B Manager’s Player of the season award – Louis Harrison


Thanks to Andy Alcock, Adrian & Alex Langford, Sudhir Pandey and Rob Graham

Thanks to the supportive set of parents especially Andy Kenward, Rich Munro and Geoff Seaton,


U15        - Ash Kaushik

The U15s had a reasonable season, finishing mid-table. A little disappointing, as this is a decent team on paper, including several District players. But we were hampered by the limited availability of some of these players. The batters didn’t fire together consistently so we generally didn’t put enough runs on the board. Having said that Arun, Jacob, Alan and young Ekansh batted well.

The bowling was more consistent compared with last season and Alan, Arun, Devaj, Anirudh and Adi bowled particularly well. But as a unit we still balled too many loose balls and so don’t build pressure on the batsman by maintaining tight lines and lengths.

The importance of good fielding is often underestimated by the boys and although our fielding has improved we regularly played teams whose fielding was noticeably much sharper and this was often the deciding factor in a match. Those games showed us we need to improve further in that department.

But they are gaining in confidence and improving season by season. They’re good lads, great fun to be around and they’ve been a pleasure to coach.

Lastly many thanks to Rob Mason for his help with training.

U15 batsman of the year                 -   Arun Kaushik     222 runs in 11 innings

U15 bowler of the year       -   Aditya Palaniappan 7 wickets for 160 in 28 overs

U15 Managers Player of the year   - Freddie Field and Arthur Edmunds for being great team players and for their individual performances in a game.


Chris Hora Award – donated by Kelly in memory of her father who helped the colts many years ago.

We decided this should be awarded to the most promising newcomer

Again, this season there have been several candidates including Aashray Suryanarayanan, Joel Joji, Sanay Pandey, Mayukh Jayagopal, Rutwik Meda

We agreed that should be awarded to Aashray Suryanarayanan
Brian Lane
Chairman of Colts
Orpington CC